Eligibility & Guidelines

Grant Eligibility

Inspired by our mission, Three Arches Foundation makes funding decisions through a strategic grant making process, investing in programs and services that advance health and well-being by specifically addressing access to care opportunities and barriers.

Grant applications will be accepted from organizations that are recognized as a tax-exempt public charity under the Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).  All requests must be aligned with our mission, focus area, and geographic focus. Please be sure you have reviewed this information before applying.


Grant Guidelines

Our values represent the guiding principles we share in our thinking, actions, decisions and responses for the benefit of our community. As such, we are especially interested in organizations that work with others towards a common purpose and grant requests that build on proven strategies, replicate successful existing models, or are the start or next phase of a promising model or practice.

Use of Funds: Grant funds may be used for program support and development, operating, program-related capital, pilot projects, or planning or capacity building. The Three Arches Foundation does not make grants to support endowments, fundraising campaigns (including annual appeals), membership drives, debt retirement and individual scholarships.

Award Size: The Foundation awards grants that typically range in size from $25,000-$100,000.

Grant Period: Grant award periods will vary depending upon the particular grant. Most grants are for one year. Grant periods for planning may be shorter, and multi-year grants (up to three years) are possible.

Joint Requests: The Foundation’s general policy is to make only one grant per year directly to an organization. The Foundation does, however, encourage collaboration and partnership among its grantees. We will consider joint requests from multiple applicants, even if one of the applicants has already received a grant individually or plans to submit a separate request.


Grant Application Process

Please thoroughly review Three Arches Foundation’s eligibility and guidelines sections above before applying. 

The multi-step application process begins with submitting a letter of interest (LOI) describing the request. If the initiative aligns with the Foundation’s mission and piques our interest, the applicant will be invited to submit a proposal. Also, we may visit applicants during the review process in order to learn about the organization and proposal elements first hand. Please note that an invitation to complete an application does not signify nor guarantee an award. 

When developing your application, keep in mind the most competitive requests will: 

  • Be aligned with the Foundation’s focus area and geographic focus

  • Have an appropriate plan to monitor and measure outcomes

  • Utilize best practices

  • Continue to generate community benefit beyond the grant period

  • Offer an opportunity to the Foundation’s board of directors and staff to learn from - and with - our grantee partners

To help applicants prepare for the online process, a PDF version of our Letter of Interest (LOI) will be available when the grant cycle opens on May 1st. This is provided for guidance only.

All information must be submitted via the online portal. NO paper or email submissions will be accepted.


Key Dates

2019 Grant Cycle

May 1 - Grant cycle opens
July 1 - Letter of Interest due
August 2 - Invitation to submit proposal
August 23 - Proposal due
Mid-November - Funding decisions communicated